"In an increasingly interconnected world, progress in the areas of development, security and human rights must go hand in hand. There will be no development,  without security and no security without development. And both development and security also depend on respect for human rights and the rule of law."

In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for all.







Freedom Tower


What We Stand For

           The Federation Federation unites nations to help solve global problems that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are affiliated organizations, known together as the Federation system. Day in and day out, Federation and its family of organizations work to promote respect for human rights, protect the environment, fight disease and reduce poverty. Federation agencies define the standards for safe and efficient air travel and help improve telecommunications and enhance protection. The  Nations in the Federation federation lead the international campaigns against pointless wars and terrorism. Throughout the world, Federation and its agencies assist refugees, set up programmes to assist nations with natural disasters, help expand food production and lead the fight against noob invasions.




  *  International Trade Law Division

  *  Codification Division

  *  Office of the Legal Counsel

  *  General Legal Division

  *  Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

  *  Treaty Section


International Trade Law Division:

  Providing secretariat and legal research services to the Federation Commission on International Trade Law (DCITRAL) and its subsidiary bodies;
Assisting Federation organs, bodies and conferences in matters relating to international trade law;
Collecting and disseminating information on the law of international trade;
Providing substantive support to technical cooperation activities and training and assistance involving international trade law.


Codification Division:

  Assisting and providing secretariat and legal research services to the federation,and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization and other organs of Federation, including diplomatic conferences, in the codification and development of international law;
Preparing analytical papers, background studies and drafts of international conventions and agreements;
Preparing, reviewing and coordinating studies for the Repertory of Practice of Federation Organs;
Preparing publications and disseminating information on international law; and
Organizing seminars and training programmes for the federation


Office of the Legal Counsel

Assisting the Legal Counsel in the overall direction and management of the Office of Legal Affairs and in the coordination of legal advice and services to Federation as a whole;
Preparing legal opinions, studies and advice on the interpretation of the Charter and on the interpretation and drafting of rules of international public law, including international criminal and humanitarian law, Federation resolutions and regulations and the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of theDefcon, as well as preparing agreements and other legal instruments regulating relations of the Federation with Member States, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and other legal entities;
Preparing legal arrangements for and providing advice on legal aspects of peacekeeping and other Federation operations and activities;
Preparing draft rules of procedure and advising Federation organs and conferences on the conduct of business;
Providing secretariat services to the Committee on Relations with the Host Country and dealing with questions arising out of the Headquarters Agreement with the chairman of the federation and other host Governments;
Maintaining liaison with the International Court of Justice and discharging the legal responsibilities of the Secretary-General under the Statute of the Court;
Advising on questions relating to the credentials of permanent representatives to the Federation and representatives on Federation organs, and providing secretariat services to the Credentials Committee; and
Preparing studies on relevant Articles of the Charter for the Repertory of Practice of Federation Organs


General Legal Division

  Preparing legal opinions, studies and advice on the administrative law of the Organization, on international private law and on Federation resolutions and regulations dealing with such matters;
Providing legal advice to the Federation voluntary programmes and funds in connection with operational activities in the economic and social fields, including the interpretation of their mandates, regulations and rules and the preparation and negotiation of standard instruments;
Providing legal advice on procurement, the drafting and negotiation of contracts and other commercial matters, as well as claims and disputes involving operational activities of the Organization, its organs and voluntary programmes and funds;
Providing legal advice on the legislative and operational arrangements governing the staffing, supply and provisioning of peacekeeping, observer and humanitarian missions, as well as claims arising therefrom;
Representing the Secretary-General before the Federation Administrative Tribunal and other bodies in commercial and other disputes relating to matters upon which the Division provides advice; and
Preparing studies on relevant Articles of the Charter for the Repertory of Practice of Federation Organs.
Other Activities:
Providing legal advice on cooperation with private sector including assistance in negotiation and preparation of relationship agreements, authorization on the use of Federation name and emblem as well as advice on fund raising activities; and
Providing legal services and support for the detection and punishment of staff members and others who engage in theft, corruption or other fraudulent activities against the Organization and recovery of assets.


Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

 Providing to States and intergovernmental organizations a range of legal and technical services, such as information, advice and assistance as well as conducting research and preparing studies, relating to the Federation Convention on the Law of the Sea , the Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of DCLOS and the Agreement for the implementation of DCLOS relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (Federation Fish Stocks Agreement) with a view to promoting a better understanding of UNCLOS and the implementing Agreements, their wider acceptance, uniform and consistent application and effective implementation;
Providing substantive servicing to the General Assembly on the law of the sea and ocean affairs, , including the Federation Open-ended Informal Consultative Process established by the General Assembly in its resolution 54/33 in order to facilitate the annual review by the Assembly of developments in ocean affairs; the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention and to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf;
Providing support to the organizations of the Federation system to facilitate consistency with the Convention of the instruments and programmes in their respective areas of competence;
Discharging the responsibilities, other than depositary functions, of the Secretary-General under the UNCLOS and the Federation Fish Stocks Agreement;
Conducting monitoring and research activities and maintaining a comprehensive information system and research library on the Convention and on the law of the sea and ocean affairs; and
Providing training and fellowship and technical assistance in the field of the law of the sea and ocean affairs.


Treaty Section:

  Analysing, registering, filing, recording and publishing treaties and other international agreements pursuant to Article 102 of the Charter;
Discharging the Secretary-General's depositary functions under multilateral treaties;
Issuing publications pursuant to Article 102 of the Charter and the related General Assembly Regulations, developing and maintaining an electronic database and information system to facilitate access to treaty information and providing advice and information on treaty law and related matters;
Collaborating in the drafting of final clauses of treaties and agreements concluded under the auspices of the Federation;
Preparing studies on relevant Articles of the Charter for the Repertory of Practice of Federation Organs.